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SWORDING THINGS OUT

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THE SEEMINGLY unbeatable New Agey Myst may continue to dominate the charts (with more than 1 million copies sold), but computer gamers rushed to satisfy their cravings for ultraviolent fantasy with two other high-charting titles. While the 3-D-rendered swords-and-sorcery adventure Stonekeep — whose box is appropriately emblazoned with a nifty hologram — debuted at No. 6 on the CD-ROM chart and No. 4 on the PC Games chart, the medieval-themed Hexen hit Nos. 7 and 2, respectively. A bit lower on the lists, the CD-ROM and PC versions of perennial Christmas fave Monopoly passed go and went directly to Nos. 13 and 6. And as with movies and books, sequels sell: Star Wars Rebel Assault II joins four other followups to popular games on the CD-ROM chart.

TOP 20 CD-ROMS LAST MONTH 1 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95 UPGRADE Microsoft, PC 1 2 MYST Broderbund Software, PC and Mac 3 3 MICROSOFT ENCARTA Microsoft, PC and Mac 5 4 QUICKEN CD-ROM DELUXE Intuit, PC and Mac 7 5 MICROSOFT PLUS Microsoft, PC 2 6 STONEKEEP Interplay, PC — 7 HEXEN GT Interactive, PC — 8 PRINTSHOP DELUXE CD ENSEMBLE Broderbund Software, PC and Mac 12 9 DARK FORCES LucasArts, PC and Mac 10 10 PHANTASMAGORIA Sierra On-Line, PC 6 11 MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR Microsoft, PC 8 12 COMMAND & CONQUER Virgin, PC 4 13 MONOPOLY Virgin, PC — 14 MORTAL KOMBAT III GT Interactive, PC 9 15 MECHWARRIOR II Activision, PC 16 16 DOOM II GT Interactive, PC and Mac 11 17 FURY 3 Microsoft, PC. — 18 ULTIMATE DOOM THY FLESH GT Interactive, PC 15 19 STAR WARS REBEL ASSAULT II LucasArts, PC — 20 NEED FOR SPEED Electronic Arts, PC 13

TOP 5 PC GAMES

1 MYST Broderbund Software 2 2 HEXEN GT Interactive — 3 MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR Microsoft 1 4 STONEKEEP Interplay — 5 PHANTASMAGORIA Sierra On-Line 4

TOP 5 MACINTOSH GAMES

1 MYST Broderbund Software 2 2 DOOM II GT Interactive 1 3 DARK FORCES LucasArts 3 4 STAR WARS REBEL ASSAULT II LucasArts 4 5 SIM CITY 2000 Maxis 5

SOURCE: PC DATA

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